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Working in Teams

 

 
Working in Teams and Motivation

This topic introduces students to different theories of employee motivation, and important strategies for encouraging effective cooperation between team members in public sector organizations. This topic includes study of different sources of motivation, behavioral economics/theory and dynamics within groups.

Topic Learning Outcome: Students will be knowledgeable about the different sources of motivation that drive people to complete assigned tasks and will be able to clearly explain and execute key management strategies that facilitate effective cooperation and teamwork.

Core Concepts Associated with this Topic: Brainstorming; Collaborative Management; Inclusive Management (in public management).

Recommended Readings

American: PUAD-612

Mayo, Elton. The Social Problems of an Industrial Civilization. Oxford: Graduate School of Business Administration, 1945. Pages 68-76.

McGregor, Douglas. "The human side of enterprise." New York 21 (1960): 166.

Maslow, Abraham Harold. "A theory of human motivation." Psychological review 50, no. 4 (1943): 370.

Follett, Mary Parker. "The giving of order." Scientific foundations of business administration (1926).

Barnard, Chester Irving. The functions of the executive. Vol. 11. Harvard university press, 1968.

Nicholson, Nigel. “How to Motivate Your Problem People.” Harvard Business Review January 2003. https://hbr.org/2003/01/how-to-motivate-your-problem-people  

Rutgers: 26-834-215 Introduction to Public Administration

Holzer, Marc, and Richard W. Schwester. Public Administration: An Introduction. Armonk: ME Sharpe, 2011. Chapters 2,3 and 7.

Sample Assessment Questions:

1.)   Identify and describe three potential sources of motivation that can help drive employees to achieve tasks efficiently and effectively.

2.)   In a short paper (2-3 pages) discuss some of the risks and advantages associated with competition within teams (between team members) in high-functioning organizations. 

 

Page created by Matthew Seddon; Joshua Tan on 18 April 2015; edited by Ben Eisen.

 


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